Educational Leadership in Higher Education within International Contexts

Year: 2016

Author: Al-Mamari, Fatema

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

In order to survive the competition, deregulation and devolution in the sector of higher education and as a response to a number of contemporary challenges caused by globalisation, internationalisation and governance, higher educational institutions went through a lot of changes. One of those major changes was implementing structural quality management and assurance processes and procedures to regulate higher educational standards. Although the theoretical compatibility of quality management to higher education faced strict criticisms, the various interpretations of quality in higher education resulted in the formation of a large number of approaches to quality management in higher education. What is very interesting here is that this type of organisations has its specific cultural aspects and contextual factors, which can have a noticeable impact on implementing structural processes of quality management. However, this assumption has not been critically examined given the philosophical, conceptual and methodological contestations surrounding both constructs. Therefore, this theoretical analysis has been conducted on organisational culture and quality management processes by bringing both constructs onto the same analytical platform in order to understand how the cultural dimensions of a HEI affect quality management processes in the provision of higher education.